Immigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security

Immigration proponents, including more than 50 "Dreamers," are scheduled to converge on Capitol Hill this week to press lawmakers on supporting border security measures paired with protections for immigrants.
 
Dozens of immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as minors will join GOP Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran MORE (Texas) and Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseDemocrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill On The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers MORE (Wash.) at a news conference Wednesday as part of an immigration push that's sponsored by three Koch Network groups — the Libre Initiative, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners — and two immigration advocacy groups, FWD.us and the National Immigration Forum.
 
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The five groups have long argued the need for a permanent immigration status solution for Dreamers, saying the periodical status renewals complicate long-term planning.
 
 
Hurd and Newhouse were among a group of Republican lawmakers last year who attempted to craft a bipartisan solution that would replace DACA, which allows Dreamers to live and work freely in the United States.
 
 
Newhouse's district in central Washington is home to more DACA recipients than any other Republican district in the country. Hurd, an outspoken opponent of a border wall, represents the only GOP district that borders Mexico.
 
The new Democratic majority in the House has pledged to work toward protections for Dreamers and other law-abiding immigrants, but there has been little interest in pairing immigration benefits with Trump's call for a border wall.
 
Leaders in both parties are scrambling to come up with a border security agreement, as a bipartisan, bicameral conference tries to avert a second government shutdown this year over Homeland Security funding.